Brewers sweep Rockies, advance to NLCS for first time since 2011

Annette Crawford
October 10, 2018

Wade Miley pitched masterfully into the fifth inning before turning it over to a lights-out Milwaukee bullpen, Kratz kept up his torrid hitting and the Brewers beat the Colorado Rockies 6-0 in Game 3 on a cool, misty Sunday to sweep their NL Division Series.

Asked whether he would like to close the series out as quickly as possible, Brewers manager Craig Counsell just smiled. Marquez held a 3.77 ERA in 33 regular-season starts, striking out more than four batters per walk issued. The 25-year-old has pitched exclusively in relief after September 1, going 1-0 with a 0.73 ERA over 12 1/3 innings in seven appearances.

Colorado had just one hit Thursday before Gerardo Parra and Matt Holliday opened the ninth with consecutive singles off Jeffress, who had made 11 consecutive scoreless appearances since August 31. The next day, the Rockies outlasted the Cubs 2-1 in 13 innings to win the wild-card game.

Rockies: RH Antonio Senzatela (6-6, 4.38 ERA), LH Tyler Anderson (7-9, 4.55), LH Kyle Freeland (17-7, 2.85 ERA, lowest full-season ERA for starting pitcher in team history), RH German Marquez (14-11, 3.76, club-record 230 Ks). Rockies went 19-9 in September, their second-most wins in the month behind 20 in 2007.

They're going home again, down 2-0 in the NL Division Series to the Milwaukee Brewers.

After giving up two runs in the ninth that made it 2-all, the Brewers regrouped and soon celebrated.

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The Rockies have 10 hits, none of them home runs. The left-hander also became first Rockies pitcher to reach 200 innings since Jimenez that year.

Pina first zapped DJ LeMahieu to end the top of the first. They lost 11-8 at Arizona previous year, but outlasted Chicago Cubs 2-1 in 13 innings Tuesday night at Wrigley Field on go-ahead single by backup catcher Tony Wolters. But the Rockies have been pretty quiet at the plate since they bashed five homers in a 12-0 victory over Washington last Sunday, leaving them in a tie for the NL West lead.

The Brewers defied convention by eschewing a starter in favor of a bullpen game. Brewers are back in playoffs just three seasons after beginning roster rebuild that started under former GM Doug Melvin. Stearns brought Cain back to Milwaukee as a free agent after he left Royals around same time team traded for Yelich from Marlins.

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This was the just the situation that the Brewers had in mind for Moustakas when they got him from Kansas City in a late July trade. He resembles the Story of last season, when he struck out 191 times, rather than this All-Star version that hit.291 with 37 homers.

That missed opportunity proved costly when Moustakas came up with the game-ending hit against Adam Ottavino.

— Flashing Leather. It seems nearly every game, Arenado turns in a highlight-reel play at third base. Built-in off days should help keep the lights-out lefty fresh.

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